James Haskell

James Haskell

England Rugby Player


One of England’s best back-row players, James has played top level club and international rugby all over the world. As well as being a Six Nations winner he has off-the-field interests stretching from a coffee brand to a health and fitness business. He considers his lessons in dealing with pressure, setting goals and getting the best from yourself and your team.


James Haskell is an England international and Premiership rugby player. Rising through the ranks of U18s, U21s and seniors, he’s amassed over 75 caps for England, and has also played for the Sevens team. At international level he’s played in test series and was part of the 2011 Six Nations-winning team.

At club level James made his Premiership debut aged just 17 playing for Wasps, and in doing so became the youngest player ever at the top level of club rugby. After 73 caps, four championship titles and two Heineken Cups, James moved to France and Stade Francais. He spent two seasons in Paris before returning to Wasps. He also played for clubs in Japan and New Zealand along the way.

Off the pitch James has taken up commentary and punditry on both radio and TV and in print. His business interests have stretched from a coffee brand to clothing and a fitness and training company. In this latter area he’s published a book, Perfect Fit, developed a website and app, a diet supplement brand and fitness courses.

In speeches James reflects on his lessons of dealing with pressure and getting the best from the team around you. He looks at both the positive power and the potential negative effects of feedback and communication. He also explores how to overcome challenges both personal and professional, and how to achieve the goals you set for yourself. As well as relating these lessons from the pitch and dressing room to the workplace, he also looks at their role in health, fitness and wellbeing.

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